Support for Dunedin's new stadium seems to be emerging, as
the Dunedin City Council prepares to sign a contract today
with Hawkins Construction to begin the building phase.
Police were called to deal with a row between two Dunedin
businesses yesterday, following what has been a two-year
dispute over a sign.
The last-minute shot from stadium
opponents to legally challenge the Dunedin City Council on
its support for the project has come up short, with Stop the
Stadium's lawyer failing to convince a High Court judge his
arguments stood up to scrutiny.
The Dunedin City Council will sign off on a contract to build
the city's new stadium on Monday, after a high court
injunction bid by Stop the Stadium to halt the project was
thrown out this morning.
Stop the Stadium's injunction in the High Court at
Christchurch yesterday covered well-worn arguments over
costs, capital, revenue and bridging loans.
Stop the Stadium has given its own calculations of the
stadium's cost today, as the group opened its injunction in
the Christchurch High Court.
A High Court decision on an injunction barring the Dunedin
City Council from proceeding with the planned Awatea St
stadium is expected on Friday.
The Dunedin City Council has declined consent for homes to be
built on an 11-lot subdivision near Evansdale.
The number of Dunedin ratepayers who have heeded the call for
a rates revolt to protest the Awatea St stadium project has
risen to 88.
A government contribution of $15 million for Dunedin's
planned stadium firmed from an "underwrite" to a "grant"
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